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CLEAR PLANS:Chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board A.S. Sadashivaiah (left) along with other dignitaries at the launch of Crystal project in Bangalore on Wednesday.
CLEAR PLANS:Chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board A.S. Sadashivaiah (left) along with other dignitaries at the launch of Crystal project in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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KSPCB launches ‘Crystal' involving recyclers

Bangalore: “Crystal,” a pilot project to bring the informal e-waste recyclers of Bangalore into the mainstream, involving four private agencies, was launched on Wednesday under the auspices of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).

The four private agencies — E-Waste Agency (EWA), the Umicore Precious Metals Refining (UPMR), Belgium, E-Parisara Private Limited and GTZ, Germany — which are working in the e-waste management sector, are participating in the new initiative.

The agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday to operate the project for 18 months.

Under the project, the agencies will interact with informal recyclers of e-waste about the possibility of recovery of precious metals from e-waste and encouraging them to adopt scientific methods for recycling, which will ensure better return for them.

During the project period, the e-Parisara will export the e-waste from which precious metals can be extracted to the UPMR, Belgium, which has the required technology while rest of the e-waste are recycled indigenously. Also, the informal recyclers will train the informal sector recyclers to become professional by improving technology and environmental conditions.

Study

KSPCB Chairman A.S. Sadashivaiah said the agencies would conduct a study to ascertain quantum of e-waste generated in Bangalore in a year.

The pilot project would test the economic feasibility for a small-scale e-waste recycling company that had upgraded from an informal sector to an organised sector.

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